Skimmer suction vac?

RichTJ99

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Sep 16, 2016
188
Katonah NY
#1
Hi,

Can someone recommend a good pool vac to use with my skimmer? I have a pole & 40' 1.5 hose, just need something to clean with. I have a polaris 280 which runs around but I need something for trouble areas.

Thanks,
Rich
 

Richard320

TFP Expert
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Jan 6, 2010
20,330
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
#5
I have two skimmers - do i need a 'blank' cover to close off one of the skimmers (I have two)?
If they're teed with no individual valves, yes. It's much easier to pull water through the skimmer than through a lengthy hose. It doesn't have to be fancy. A rubber ball, a rock, whatever. Just be sure it won't break and/or get sucked down. You can develop a lot of suction!
 
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RichTJ99

Gold Supporter
Sep 16, 2016
188
Katonah NY
#6
If they're teed with no individual valves, yes. It's much easier to pull water through the skimmer than through a lengthy hose. It doesn't have to be fancy. A rubber ball, a rock, whatever. Just be sure it won't break and/or get sucked down. You can develop a lot of suction!

So I think this is how my setup works (not entirely sure):
Pipes: http://i.imgur.com/KcOp28C.jpg

Skimmers: http://i.imgur.com/fo4OIg4.jpg

So if I turn the spa skimmer off, the deep skimmer off, then use a ball in the far skimmer, the skimmer that has the suction for the vacuum should work very well?

Do I need to worry about it vacuuming my skin off if I happen touch that area by accident?
 

Richard320

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LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
20,330
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
#7
So I think this is how my setup works (not entirely sure):
Pipes: http://i.imgur.com/KcOp28C.jpg

Skimmers: http://i.imgur.com/fo4OIg4.jpg

So if I turn the spa skimmer off, the deep skimmer off, then use a ball in the far skimmer, the skimmer that has the suction for the vacuum should work very well?

Do I need to worry about it vacuuming my skin off if I happen touch that area by accident?
More likely is that the head will get stuck on the pool floor. If that happens, just crack the spa or main drain a little so you have enough suction to vacuum without getting stuck constantly.